Marin Humane Society expels two board...

Marin Humane Society expels two board members amid controversy over executive director

There are 161 comments on the Marin Independent Journal story from Nov 11, 2010, titled Marin Humane Society expels two board members amid controversy over executive director. In it, Marin Independent Journal reports that:

The Marin Humane Society's board of directors voted at a special meeting last week to expel two of its 11 members after months of divisive debate over how to respond to staff complaints about the management style of the organization's executive director, Suzanne Golt.

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bridge to somewhere

Santa Clara, CA

#21 Nov 11, 2010
MarinJohn wrote:
Well it is nice that they spent some of the money we all contributed to the new cat house. Don't get me wrong, I love the Humane Society, and I agree that the staff & volunteers are top-notch, but the Board & this Exec Director?...
$168,000 a year, to be on a County Humane Society Board of Directors. Are we in Bell? That is disgusting, and a bit insulting to the underpaid staff, unpaid volunteers, and of course contributors.
Just to clarify the $168,000 is not for being on the Board it is for being the CEO or in this case Executive Director (not Board of Directors). The ED runs the place.
I Heart Animals

Coyote, CA

#22 Nov 11, 2010
Article was confusing. Sounds like very weak leadership on the board and the director. And isn't differences part of the democratic process? It appears the staff and volunteers deserve better. Egos win at the expense of the animals.

“"ERACISM in 2010"”

Since: Dec 09

Location hidden

#23 Nov 11, 2010
Sounds like a coup d'etat to me
Ann

San Rafael, CA

#24 Nov 11, 2010
Cat Lady wrote:
Non profit, baloney. They bring in animals from all over the state to sell at high prices in order support outrageous salaries and benefits.
Beware those who live off of children and animals.
The Cat Lady
That's ridiculous. They pull animals at the 11th hour before they're euthanized (murdered)because they have the resources to save them., not to make a profit. What a dumb assertion.
Done In Novato

Rohnert Park, CA

#25 Nov 11, 2010
MHS is all about money and power. All I know is that I love to go to the circus.
Fed Up

San Francisco, CA

#26 Nov 12, 2010
168 Thousand a Year wrote:
Is $168,000 enough rip-off of donations. Another example of non-profits begging for money just to line the pockets of administrators.
Exactly. I've often wondered...does sending address labels and calendars to residents in certain zip codes bring in incremental donations? After reading this article, I think I'll forgo my usual year-end check to MHS.

Since: May 10

Location hidden

#27 Nov 12, 2010
Richard's article was well-written, and some of the comments here were extremely informative. This action by the MHS board warrants attention and further study, because of the contractual and financial relationship the organization has with the county and the cities and towns in Marin.
Liza Garfield

San Rafael, CA

#28 Nov 12, 2010
Something is definitely not working correctly with the Marin Humane Society. The ordeal I went through in dealing with a dangerous dog in my neighborhood was absurd. This large Shepherd had bitten two people (who would admit it, as well as a third who would not come forward)and had lunged at my throat on his hind legs. The dog had also made repeated aggressive moves towards various guests who came to my house as well as my small dogs. The dog repeatedly threw itself with full force against the windows of the owners house if anyone even walked by.The hearing process was not the issue. Lieutenant Steve Hill did an extremely professional job in dealing with the situation and has always responded to the needs of the community. However, the people who work at MHS and assess dogs are completely biased and actually wrote in one report that the dog "was afraid because he was cross-eyed!" The Board needs to better assess the employees of MHS and they need to start appropriately balancing the need for the safety of human lives vs. protecting dangerous dogs at all costs.
just interested

Los Gatos, CA

#29 Nov 12, 2010
I think the Grand Jury should investigate the organization.
Outof ControlState

San Rafael, CA

#30 Nov 12, 2010
IF they have that many employees, what are they all doing? How come when a law enforcement agency calls for the dog catcher, they take so long to get there because they usually only seem to have one person covering the entire county? Heck that's a giant department! What do all those people do?
taxpayer

Mill Valley, CA

#31 Nov 12, 2010
Time to slash that $6,000,000 budget.
Democracy in Marin

Hayward, CA

#32 Nov 12, 2010
I heard that the Board President Elkin lobbied Board members before the special meetings on election day, refused to allow a discussion at the meeting and scheduled the meeting when Stompe was out of town. And this is democracy?
Marinite not fooled

San Jose, CA

#33 Nov 12, 2010
It's about time someone got smart and adopted an animal control model based on that of Calgary, Alberta.

Dog bites in 2009 were at their lowest level since 1985, despite a doubling in population. Early childhood training regarding animal behaviot is offered in schools to reduce incidents. Licensing compliance is 90% and wandering animals are returned to their homes, not brought to a shelter to be held for ransom.

Not only that, Calgary Animal Control RUNS A PROFIT!

It's time we wised up.
typicalmarinbs

Windsor, CA

#34 Nov 12, 2010
I Heart Animals wrote:
Article was confusing. Sounds like very weak leadership on the board and the director. And isn't differences part of the democratic process? It appears the staff and volunteers deserve better. Egos win at the expense of the animals.
Very well said.
a CPA

San Francisco, CA

#35 Nov 12, 2010
I'm with Stompe. This is a good probe into the MHS. Before I give anyi more money to them, I want more information. Maybe my friend who volunteers there has some insight. I have seen Executive Directors of Non Profits. they act just like CEO fo private companies.
santanasaunt

Petaluma, CA

#37 Nov 12, 2010
So we only need 16,800 Marin children to raise just $10 each to pay for the MHS Executive Director's salary!! Save those pennies kids!

“There's a signpost up ahead...”

Since: Sep 10

Dystopia

#38 Nov 12, 2010
What a stupid article this is.

What is the "bone" of contention between Suzanne Golt (exec dir) and the two board members, Grace Bransford (a veterinarian) amd Mary Stompe (dir PEP Housing)?

What are the staff complaining about?

Of course staff complaints are anonymous, DUH! In this economy, everyone is afraid to lose their job.

This article is worthless as it sheds no light on the issues.
Bernie Madoff

San Anselmo, CA

#41 Nov 12, 2010
These non-profits are a total scam. In the case of the Humane Society, they are using the animals to hook you in and get at your wallet.

We need a dog pound run by the county, paid for by increased fees. This touchy feely human society is again lining the pockets of administrators and board members. I will never give another dime to them after getting a glimpse of what is going on in there.$168k to run this??? Outrageous, this does sound like Bell California. Grand Jury Investigation should be conducted. It seems the place may in fact be rampant with fraud. Stompe and the other person may have been on to something hence they were voted out.
Diane who LOVES animals

San Anselmo, CA

#42 Nov 12, 2010
Hey there all you nitwits- the MHS is SAVING ANIMALS. All this negative publicity is just hurting them. Besides the dedicated staff who work for peanuts, we are a group of 900 volunteers who put in an average of 20 hours a week for the animals. Please do not let the animals down by letting all this negativity deter you from contributing to their cause. If we do not help them who will?? Boy a few disgruntled people sure make a loud noise!!!
Novato Res

Novato, CA

#43 Nov 12, 2010
$168k a year, really? Wonder what the other admins are pulling down salary wise and what percentage of the donations ?

Makes one think twice about donating to the Marin Humane Society doesn't it... Poor unfortunate animals getting stiffed by greedy admins, shame, shame, shame on the board for allowing this to happen.
MarinJohn wrote:
Well it is nice that they spent some of the money we all contributed to the new cat house. Don't get me wrong, I love the Humane Society, and I agree that the staff & volunteers are top-notch, but the Board & this Exec Director?...
$168,000 a year, to be on a County Humane Society Board of Directors. Are we in Bell? That is disgusting, and a bit insulting to the underpaid staff, unpaid volunteers, and of course contributors.

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